10/18/2012 12:02 PM
BATON ROUGE – Composer, cellist and trombonist Dana Leong and his trio will perform Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the LSU Union Theater. Leong blends jazz, classical and pop to create a signature sound.
Leong’s pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. He has collaborated with top jazz artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Christian McBride, Dafnis Prieto and Henry Threadgill; and he has worked with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Barry White, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Bjork, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono and Lila Downs.
In 2008 Leong’s quartet, Milk & Jade, toured Southeast Asia as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department-sponsored tour, “The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad.” Since then the group has been a smashing hit at numerous festivals in Europe, Asia and the U.S. In addition to touring, Leong is a prolific composer and arranger, having recently written and premiered “Bound(less),” a new work for the critically acclaimed pioneers of vertical dance Bandaloop at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, as well as an evening length work, “Life After Dark,” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y. He was a featured guest music director and performer in “Fela!” on Broadway in 2010 and is the first ever composer-in-residence for the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City.
The Dana Leong Trio, featuring Leong on cello and trombone, John Shannon on guitar and DJ Icewater on turntables, is the latest incarnation of Leong’s ever-expansive compositions, bringing together an exciting blend of instrumental techniques and musical styles. The trio was a featured act at the 2011 Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City and performed at the Sleepless Night Miami Beach Festival in November 2011.
On screen, Leong has acted and performed on screen in a number of different settings such as Steven Spielberg’s feature film “The Terminal,” Robin Williams’ “August Rush,” NBC’s “Law & Order,” “The Today Show” and with The Roots “Live at Wetlands.”
Leong grew up in San Francisco and studied classical cello and jazz trombone on double scholarships at Manhattan School of Music. He gives clinics and workshops around the globe as an official performing artist and clinician for YAMAHA and D’Addario Bowed Strings.
Tickets are $36-$44 and may be purchased online at www.uniontheater.lsu.edu or by contacting the Union Theater box office at 225-578-5128, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For further information or group discount pricing, please contact Terry Serio, assistant theater director, by phone at 225-578-6013 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012